Is 45:1, 4-6
Ps 96:1,3,4-5,7-8, 9-10
1 Thes 1:1-5b
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by Edward Looney, Class of 2011
In today’s psalm we are reminded what our prayer should always be about, giving the Lord glory and honour. How often though do we neglect our daily duty to pray? Do you have a daily prayer life as a student beside the so often repeated prayer,” Lord help me pass this exam”? In religious education, many of us were taught that “God made us to know him, to love him, and to serve him in this world and to be happy with him forever in the next.” Yet when Sunday comes around are we able to give God back one hour a week by attending Church? We can give work 40 hours a week or the Packers game three hours a week. You may have eaten today. Did you stop to pray? If not, does that mean you love food more than you love God? Our ultimate purpose on this earth is to give our lives in service to God and others so that one day we may be happy with Him in the next. Why in the world would we want to spend our entire life with God in heaven when we cannot return one hour back to God each week?
The prophet Isaiah reminds us that we are all called by God and that there are no Gods beside him. In return, Isaiah calls us to examine our daily lives to see if we do have other gods in our life. In the end though, we must remain confident in the love that Jesus Christ has for each of us. He has chosen us to be an instrument in the world, always being mindful of what Jesus says in the gospel today: to repay to God what belongs to God. We must return all that we have to God by offering him our lives each and every day; recommitting our lives to Jesus Christ today and forever. A common way of doing this is by making a morning offering which I will leave you with. Fr. Mychal Judge OFM, was the first causality of 9-11 and in his pocket was found the following prayer, “Lord, take me where You want me to go, let me meet who You want me to meet, tell me what You want me to say, and keep me out of Your way.”